• baby getting head measured
  • washing hands with soap and water
  • food safety inspection
  • mom kissing smiling baby
  • nurse taking blood pressure
  • three older ladies exercising
  • immunization in arm
  • various foods

Bates County Health Center

Bates County Health Center was opened as a demonstration unit on April 1, 1975. A vote of the citizens on August 3, 1976 approved a mill tax for the continuation of the local public health agency. Since its establishment, the Bates County Health Center has been dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of the county. Although services offered have changed over the years, we still strive to fulfill the mission of public health which is to Prevent, Promote, and Protect our citizens.


Health Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours include remaining open until 7:00 p.m. the first Thursday of every month.

Did You Know?

  • The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes.
  • You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin dancer by seeking shade under and umbrella, tree or other shelter.
  • Your best bet to protect your skin is to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you're outside--even when you are in the shade.
  • Put on Broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside even on slightly cloudy or cool days.
  • Sunscreen works best when combined with other options to prevent UV damage.

  Health Update

Think Measles. Guidelines for patient evaluation, diagnosis and management.

As of May 10, 2019 there have been 839 cases of measles reported across 23 states, including Missouri. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. Immunization rates have dropped causing this outbreak.